As I sit at my computer, working on steering my thinking cap in the right direction, outside; a storm is brewing a healthy drink for us. I welcome rain and thoughts of cleaner air and cooler weather. This, my friends, has been one sizzling and body sapping hot summer. It has been so hot that, at times; it's almost impossible to keep cool under the collar.
In the last two days alone, I have had one- sided heated confrontations with that little guy that lives here, stray dogs, crickets and spiders. I'll never win the battle against those pesky mosquitoes, the size of which my grandpa may have never slapped off of his brow. Unfortunately, they live and breed, in abundance hereabouts of this woodsy landscape and assorted water sources, namely, natural and man -made ponds.
Am I covered with bites? No, just a bunch of wrinkles, moles and age spots! There is no room at the skin for welts. I may not win the battle, but I know how to scatter the necessary ammunition to bring them down. It would be nice if the army wasn't so many.
Our cat "Gray" watches to see where the blood- thirsty insects land .He doesn't like invaders feasting on him or disturbing his special place in the yard. Truth is, not even; they are interested in his ground cover. Yet he lies in the hot sun sprawled across his digs. Old Gray sticks his nose up to everything that passes his way. The cat with an air about him must not mind holding his breath and protecting his turf, when necessary. It is still a long stretch until the private dumping grounds he created and temporarily beds down on freezes over and there are no tell-tail signs of neat Deet rich insect repellent near his sheets.
Our daughters, Starla McHugh and Lori Ann Patrick and our grandchildren are very busy formulating the plans for a very special golden anniversary party and, more; what a grand event its going to be! Our open house will take place Nov. 17 2-6 p.m., at Traditions.
Mark it on your calendars. Seriously stated friends, neighbors and friendly strangers our family cordially invites you to help us celebrate the happy occasion.
Another milestone has been reached in my life. It has been 50 years since the Class of 1957,that of which I was a member, graduated from high school.
The date of the reunion is Saturday, Sept. 22. The gathering will be held at the Clay County YMCA (site of BHS). The Reunion Planning Committee knows how to entertain as well. Activities planned for the enjoyment of the classmates and their guests during the weekend include…
Friday, Sept. 21
11 a.m. Golf at Forest Park or Oak Ridge Golf Course
6:45 p.m. Northview Football (meet outside the gate)
Saturday, Sept. 22
9 a.m. Breakfast at the Coffee Cup (former Blue Bonnet)
11 a.m. Tour of Northview High School
Noon Lunch at Eddie's Sandwich Shop
1 p.m. Tour of Historical Society (old post office)
6-7 p.m. Social Hour
6:45 p.m. Group Picture
7 p.m. Dinner
Looking, back down the long long road; it is amazing to me, that, I crammed so much worthwhile living into 1957! It was a very good year. And, even though life hasn't always been lived on easy street, since, I can't complain.
I'm still here to relive those precious days over and over that are memorable and that I hold so dear. I am blessed to have my best buddy, of nearly 50 years, by my side, family, wonderful friends, classmates to see again soon and you, my readers. To be quite honest; the generous smile on my face is real, as is, the tenderness and warmth that manifests and spills from heart! Positive thinking me gives hope for tomorrow .I firmly believe that laughter is the best medicine that I know. I have a belly full of that, albeit; that gets me in trouble sometimes.
My world looks good: faith and time, hard work and determination has allowed me to fully embrace that which is mine alone and make the most of it. Any one can travel that road if he or she so desires.
As soon as the sun comes out and takes the moisture from my grassy meadow, I'm out of here. Once again it is time to cut through the aphids and grasshoppers and a myriad of other flying insects and the "creepy crawler's" happy hunting grounds and clear a path.
Until we connect next week through Brazil Buzz, take care!
I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line at 613 N. Elm St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.